August 2004. The Start...
A 1965 Plymouth, 53,000 original mile car...almost
Started drilling out spot welds...still not sure if I will go with the Leaf
Spring set up the torsion bar set up
More cutting!...First frame rail tacked in...so far so good!
Please excuse the chicken scratch welds...didn't have my 220V set up yet, I
was using a 110V sheet mettle welder
after welding the second tower, I realized the first one was sitting at the
wrong angle, hanging outwards too far... So I had to cut some welds bend a
little bit and make some small brackets to fill in the gaps...So...It looks
Getting a little better with the stick....turned down the juice...tonight I
finished the shock towers (I think), the break line brackets and threw
together the beginnings if the cross member/engine mount....Tomorrow...order
Hemi motor mounts, make templates out of cardboard for the inner fender
wells....Right now the front end is so light, I can pick it off the jack
stands with one hand! and I haven't even worked out in 2 months...Hmmm...
It's hard to see the car is off the Jack Stands...but here it is...one
The Mock Block with the Hilborn...soon to be EFI....selling the extras on
eBay...the rare Moon Timing drive cover, which Moon doest make any more, the
PG 150A Hilborn fuel pump, The Metering valve, Primary and Secondary by-pass
valves, the 2 way fuel cut off, and the fram fuel filter. The Real block is
supposedly on its way...Mopar, New Performance Hemi block with the 4.5"
Inner fender wells in...just for fun, the mock up block...It is sitting a
little high...but looks cool!
Got my mock up trani...test fitted engine & trani, tacked the engine mounts,
cut out center to clear pan...I will probably weld a piece across the bottom
of the engine mount cross member. Next I measured out where the K frame
should go, marked the holes...dragged in the K frame, jacked it into
position....drilled holes, bolted it up!. Next on the list will be the
steering box, headers, bolt up the upper A arms and shocks....then figure
out how I will do the torsion bars...Fabricate, or fork out $1,100 for a
custom made set...
More mock up...
Rich was right...I had to notch the driver's motor mount for the solid
engine mounts. There are a nice set of used TTI headers...They are a little
large...and make things rather tight...especially around the torsion
bars...I made some adjustments, and they seem to clear now. Tomorrow I will
try out my idea to get around the expensive torsion bars. Even going with a
set of coilovers would make SOOOO much room. Well hopefully when the real
motor is in...with some real weight on the front end...I wont have to dent
the headers for clearance.
Looks like my idea worked! Take a look!
Started disassembling....going to touch up some welds, clean up a few
spots...do the steering....then hopefully ready to start
prepping the engine area for primer and paint....just what color????
Original Gold? White????
touched up some welds...having trouble with torsion bar sockets and my
welding abilities...Well the car is on the ground on it's four wheels! I do
think...and I'm worried that the torsion bar socket holders are a bit
low...they are only about 3 inches lower...to clear the headers and the back
suspension is not lifted yet, so that should remedy the problem. I should
loosen the bars and see how much they clear the ground with the front
suspension bottomed out ...tomorrow! Oh, also notched the engine mount cross
member to clear the future u-joint on the steering box. Tomorrow I should
have those parts in. Not too much else to do before priming the font
section...then move to the rear and start cutting!
Ok...I went a couple of days without posting or photos...
Finished hooking up the steering. Started on the back half! Drilling out
spot welds are a pain in the derrière! The spot weld bits keep crumbling! my
fattest drill bit is now dull...ugh! I ordered some from Eastwood...they
were pretty expensive...so they better work! otherwise my trusty saws-all
will be working overtime! So far I have cut the floor, cut out the wheel
well openings on the inside (after removing the window mechanisms), then cut
the roof and trunk hinge supports off the wheel wells, as well as removing
the X brace behind the rear seat.
The trunk before I start butchering it up!
9-7-04 & 9-8-04
I am The Butcher!
got the dam front shackle brackets loose...then I started on the body!
We have movement! Right now...almost 15 inches...a little trimming and a
little kicking and we will be there!
Got out the come-a-long and pulled the floors together...started tacking
them together....actually have the car off the jack stands and the doors
even open! Next, finish tacking, cut and place the rear frame pieces for the
bumper support, cut sheet metal for he trunk floor and trunk wells in...the
X brace under the package shelf, tie in the roof and package shelf to the
wheel wells...Then on to the body!
finished welding the main floor boards. Made a stencil for the trunk pan,
and experimented with the original cut out pieces. The sheet mettle feels
stiffer, I might go with them and fabricate the dimple in the body with my
These moving boxes sure come in handy!...templates, "Porto-Rican Creepers",
just a shit load of uses!
Ok...my welder friend told me my welders sucked and didn't have enough amps!
So, for now, I borrowed my buddy Jeff's Miller Migomatic 250...nice
welder...I was looking at the 215 version to buy. maybe in a month or two...
So, I re-did the front frame main welds...added in frame connectors, started
tying the quarters together. Waiting on a quote from Artmorrison.com for a
cage...with a few extra bars and bends that a normal set up....then I can
flip this baby up on it's side, remove the under coat, touch up some welds,
and paint the bottom!
Still working on Quarters...and till a little more to do
Played around with the fuel injection setup...I came up with a simple and
inexpensive way to take care of the lack of vacuum port problem. I still
need to get some NPT to AN adaptors and some new rubber lines...as well as
figure out how I will set up the fuel lines using the Hilborn pump with the
10-30 & 31-04
Added in some more braces...roof to trunk hinges, the cross brace and the
corner pieces that hold them...removed the console brackets. Next, got the
"Tilter" hooked up and tipped the car on it's side to do the floor bans and
freshen up some welds. I originally didn't want to do this till I had the
roll bar in.
Got in some more fuel injection lines and NPT to AN adaptors...so I stayed
in the basement and tried to mock up the injection lines...Going out of my
way to keep the "STOCK" look to this injection set up is getting out of
hand! It is really cramped in there now!
The tedious job of scraping undercoating...fun fun
oh, and I will be doing over more of my old welds now that there is
Got paint on the bottom....waiting for the roll cage...will start prepping
the engine compartment
Prepping the engine bay....Zink Chromate primer and a little bondo
Got the paint on....after talking to some people, I decided to change
torsion bars. I went with a set of C body bars...ground down the ends to the
B socket size (about 1 1/4). The cut off the socket extensions and slid them
in. They worked! But...they could have been a inch longer as so to sit
against the c-clips...so I cut off two ends of some old B bars and welded
them to one end...with my new welder...and it worked! Later I came back and
repainted the suspension black.
Now things look closer to "Original"
Dropped the dummy motor and trani in....added the injection....marked the
hood, and started cutting. I actually referenced
Rich Lefebvre's Gold Dust photos
I am running an automatic, these stacks will be too short....they will need
to be approximately 13 1/2 inches long....but it's still a nice view..."Aint
Got hold of a Hemi Crate Motor!
Started the roll bar...had to do some of my own bending....the front window
post tubes didn't seem to match...thanks to the trucking company...I
wondered why every pipe came by it's self...instead of being strapped
together...Just tacking things up...already screwing
up some of the fish-mouths...
The bars are coming along
the front clip bars were too short...the 10ich extension wasn't taken into
account...so I improvised, I wanted them mainly for extra strength and
stiffening for the front. The back rails are pretty close to their final
resting place...just need to trim the bottoms, weld the plates and weld the
bars in....then I can make a template for the rear area under the package
tray and order the interior! The rest of the bars will wait till I get the
actual seats to get everything right the first time.
a little more welding on these. Made the templates for the interior
Off to get the body and paint done!